The applications will be evaluated by a peer review committee composed of experts from clinical and scientific institutions chosen by the FRQS according to the rules in effect for the constitution of review committees.
Representatives from the Antoine-Turmel Foundation and VHRN may sit on the evaluation committee as observers without the right to vote.
In addition to answering the specific objectives of the AMD program, the teams should pay particular attention to the strategic and structuring aspects of their research projects. These two aspects will be the guiding principles for the evaluation of the projects.
By structuring, it is meant that the projects will have to consolidate and accelerate the development of Québec AMD research by:
mobilizing the available resources in the AMD community
raising awareness and involving the different actors (researchers, clinicians, decision makers, non-profit organizations, partners, and patients) who can facilitate the AMD research and the implementation of the results
The recruiting and the development of a critical mass of scientists in AMD Québec research will also have a structuring impact.
The strategic aspect is related to the approach used by the researchers and the efforts and resources they will utilize to optimize their chances to reach the objectives of the program. New funding, public or private investments, and partnerships with the industry are examples of leverage effects resulting from a project. Visibility and impact at the international level, and consolidation of key collaborations are other examples.
The other evaluation criteria for the complete application will be:
Scientific quality of the researchers
Complementarity of the researchers' expertises
Scientific achievements (publications, development of structuring initiatives, visibility in Canada and/or internationally, etc.)
Role in training young scientists
The research project described measures ensuring a mesh with members of the local research community, national and international decision-makers and / or practice settings
Financial or non-financial partnerships will be considered as an asset
Short term benefits
In the short term, how will this project allow meeting the objectives of the program?
Project impact in terms of acquisition of knowledge and skills
Project impact on the development of new concepts and models, instruments, approaches and methods, the final goal being to better treat or rehabilitate patients with AMD
- better treatments
- better tools for rehabilitation or prevention
- better programs
- new practices or care policy for patients with AMD